I Just Realized I’m a Family Caregiver Now

Family Caregiver enjoying meal with his loved one

Maybe it started slowly. You visited your parents and started to worry about them living alone. You found yourself taking over more of the responsibilities for your spouse. Maybe it happened all of a sudden. Mom slipped and broke her hip. The neighbors called to say that dad was wandering around looking lost. However it began, you are now a family caregiver. And you are not alone – there are 90 million family caregivers across the country. Nearly one-third of the U.S. adult population are caregivers, providing an average of 20 hours of care per week – with some providing care around the clock. You need information, education, and tools that can help you manage the daunting tasks you face. When you become a family caregiver for the first time, you can feel overwhelmed and hardly know where to start. That’s why CAN is here. We chose these resources with new family caregivers in mind.